Bruiser, a newspaper man?

I think Bruiser has shown me just another reason why he was meant to be in my life. 😊

Not only does he have a weird habit of sitting on my shoulders like a parrot (or cat if you know my kiddos at home lol), but he also spent all day Sunday watching me write and edit a few articles, and sat on my lap watching a slew of newspaper based movies.

Most likely he just found the noises curious, but I can pretend he’s a writer at heart and thinking about the thrill of chasing down a good story and beating deadlines. Lol 😅

I feel Bruiser and I are starting over at the beginning. Potty training is a pain in the arse…. females are so much easier to train. Hands down.

And he’s proving to me that he has full intent of finding every loop hole possible to get around following the basic rules of potty training and behavior. My puppy the toddler ladies and gentleman 😅

We’ll get the hang of it.

Hopefully sooner than later 🙏🏼

Feel free to drop your puppy training tips below. Or any funny stories you have about living with your pets 😊

I’m going to start separating my posts a little bit, to make them easier to find since my post topics are so wide.

Be on the look out for a new format and a lot more helpful tips and information on this site 😉

Jen

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A writer with no pen

How is that even possible??

Well, in today’s world it’s very possible and almost preferred to over the good old fashion pen and paper writing.

But yesterday while I rummaged through a magazine rack at the grocery store, I loved that I overheard a woman make the statement “I’m writer with no pen…” as she took a pen and slip of paper from a guy who had just gracefully asked her for her number and a possible date next weekend.

Yes, I eve’s drop a lot when I’m out and about. I don’t always do it intentionally, sometimes I just catch myself listening in on the many conversations going on around me.

It’s turned into a habit I have a hard time controlling.

So back on the “Writers without pens” subject.

Almost everyone I see writing out in public, all have a laptop or iPad and hardly ever a notebook or binder…  Am I just missing the time frame retro writers come out in public? Lol

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the lack of hassle and mess that a computer (or iPad) provides over a notebook. It’s easier to organize everything and you do have the ability to look anything up at the drop of a hat.

But… having so much at your finger tips makes for easy procrastination.

You spend time finding the perfect music, finding pictures that inspire your current chapter or scene, and worst of all… you spend time “Talking” about writing on all your social media accounts VS actually writing

 

When I’m not taking my writing time serious, or I’m to cluttered in the head to write clearly, I love my laptop. I can run a few different browsers at one time, I can research, listen to music and write. It helps me quiet out the noise in my head.

A little controlled chaos if you will.

But when I just want to write, or already know exactly what is going on in a scene, I stick to my notebook. I can babble, I can write without eyeing the word count and judging my progress.

It’s liberating.

And I get three times as much done.

Plus, when it comes time for me to type it up in my word document, it all goes through its first editing process without me really having to think about editing it.

 

So, I want opinions.

What is your preferred method of writing?

Bruiser Woods

I figured it was about time I give my little traveling companion a proper debut 💕

This little burst of energy is a 4lb chihuahua that joined my team right before I left SC and headed to NC for work 😊

He’s only 3(ish) months old, travels like a champ, and is still perfecting the potty pad training.

Be very prepared for lots of pictures 💕😊

I think he makes a great comfort pup for those uncomfortable meetings on performance and punch list items 💁🏻‍♀️

Our little “comfort pup” 😉

-Jen

Taking the Reins…part 2

I’m going to start this one out by saying… UGHHHHHH!…..

Ok, I feel better now lol

Recap of the last few weeks…

I’ve packed and officially moved from SC to NC!   There’s still a few things work wise to get packed up and moved over here, but for the most part, I am settled.  I’ve set myself up in a cute (I’m quit taken by it) one bedroom apartment, and I’ve already roamed around one of the local libraries and made myself  home 🙂

My mind is significantly full and my apartment… is not.  Currently my furniture consists of a bed, inversion table, one book shelf, and a stool.  Luckily, the place came with a fridge, microwave and a dish washer otherwise I would be completely lost and probably a bit stressed. They also have laundry service area on site, which buys me time to get adjusted and purchase a washer and dryer for myself. (Thank you Lord for these blessings)

My counter top has been dubbed my desk top, it’s not the most comfortable, but it’s the most convenient for me right now.  My head has been working over time since mid January, and honestly I’m eating more in the way of soul food than real food right now anyway 🙂  (Don’t worry, I’m not starving) So it makes more sense to take over my kitchen as my work space, so I’m not stuck sitting on my bed all the time. lol

I started to think my inner Carrie Bradshaw was coming out. But instead of devouring Vogue and living for fashion, I’m working my way down my list of Authors and Writers I’m determined to learn something from, And running wild with idea’s and story lines for my own work.  Hashtag #Inspired 😀 

I think I’m more of a Gilmore Girl than a Carrie Bradshaw anyway 😉   Fashion and I don’t know each other very well, and I live in steal toe boots and hoodies most of the day. So I think Carrie would cry at the site of me lol

Speaking of which, the new job site is huge. A lot bigger than the last few I’ve been on. And I’m really looking forward to watching it slowly build from the ground up.  I’m trying to keep a better photo file on this job than I did on the last one too, It was well underway before I had my Ipad set up and was able to store photos properly. This site one on the other hand, I’m well prepared for. Despite the few snags that have been intentionally tossed in my path… Good thing I played hopscotch as a kid, who knew those skills would come in handy own the road 😉

 

~Jen

Taking the Reins

 

The Holiday season can bring out the best and worst in our fellow man.

Personally, I try my hardest to seek out the best in people. I understand we all have moments where we could stand to be a little more understanding and we all have our fair share of regrets, but our actions do speak volumes and we must do our best to keep that in mind as we live our lives.

Ever notice when you first meet someone, you get this gut feeling about the type of person they are? Then the more you spend time around them, you figure out the source of your discomfort whether it be them personally or something they’re into?

I always find it disheartening when I’ve taken the time to get to know someone and find them to be utter snakes.

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Anyway, I’ve taken a bit of time these past few weeks and done a little reflecting on my life and what I’ve done with it this past year.

I’ve had some disappointment’s and some highly encouraging times.

I’ve met some interesting characters this past year, some I’m happy to have become acquainted with and others… well, let’s just say I’ll be glad to cut ties with.   I’ve taken on some challenging endeavors with my new career as well.

I’ve always believed I can do anything, Not in a self-righteous way of course, but more of a determined and confident in my ability sort of way.   I’ve taken on most of my jobs without having much in the way of experience, just a good work ethic and strong willingness to learn.

Last year I left my 3 yr career as a Vet Tech and took a 360 turn towards something more business like and A little more mentally challenging for me.  

I still miss my old hospital, the unique cases we handled, the long hours, the educational meetings and conferences. And of course, the exotic animals I was able to tend to.  My new career choice hasn’t left me in want of a good challenge though.

“Site Administrator for an Industrial Electrical company”

A mouthful to say any time someone asks me what I do now for a living. Lol

To break it down:

I work on site (steel toe boots, neon jackets and hard hats) with a team of electricians, electrical apprentice’s and superintendents. Of course, we’re only one of a few different groups of talent that goes into the construction of a new building.

Since starting with this company I’ve learned a lot about the business and what all goes into the construction of a new building. The stress, the talent, and the knowledge needed to work through any unexpected problems that may arise.

Watching a building go from dirt (literally) to finished product is so interesting to me.  I can see the passion that goes into these projects.

So, besides signing papers, figuring out shipments and trying my best to keep the stress level to a minimum for my superintendents, I also took on the role of Safety Technician for our site.

So now it’s, Site administrator and Site safety technician for an Industrial electrical company.

A challenging new endeavor for me. But a fun one at that 🙂

The basics of safety on a job site are rather obvious and come easy to anyone with common sense. But there’s more involved than just hard hats and safety boots, as I’m learning daily.

Honestly, I’m taking it all in strides.

I’ve been learning a lot and picking up pointers from those who have been doing this way longer than I and from other contractors willing to give me advice and guidance. I’ve worked with some rather helpful people, a few piggish men and (of course) 1 or 2 guys that feel a woman doesn’t belong in this field.

For me, the more I’m looked at as incompetent and like I don’t belong, the more strength I feel towards proving them wrong.

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Jen

 

 

Fitness and the New year

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‘Tis the season for New Year resolutions!

And the top, most requested goal/wish for the new year is becoming a healthier version of yourself.

I love-making plans for the new year, mine usually start on my birthday (which is in November). I make a few small goals to finish out the year and then save my bigger plans for January 1st 🙂

What kind of goals do you usual make for yourself?

How do you set yourself up to crush them?

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Writing them down is always great step towards making them stick and helping them come one step closer to reality. 

Some people also suggest sharing the news with close friends or family as a way to help keep yourself accountable. But I’ve also heard about the “working in silence” strategy too-  Keeping the main goal (and reasoning why) to yourself to avoid negative remarks and unwanted comments. Understandable.

Today is seems even those wanting to be fit and healthy are getting shamed and treated like complete outsiders.

I love fitness and I’m in the process of making it more than just a hobby. I’ve been into fitness since way back when I first watched  The Biggest Loser  as a preteen and fell in love with Jillian Michaels  way of training 🙂   Around that same time I became a life long fan of Zuzka Light ( at that time she only had Youtube videos. Easy, but effective, at home High Intensity Interval Training- AKA “HIIT”. )   Since then she has grown immensely evenly in her training and business.

I could talk for hours about who I derive motivation from, but those two bombshell women will always be at the top of my list and my most inspiring idols.

So back to the fit shamming …. Do you have Instagram? If so, simply looking up “Fit” in the hashtags will show you a huge assortment of fitness loving individuals and their amazing journey while they become healthier and grow in the fitness field.  Then if you go as far as reading their captions (which most people fail to do now in this quick paced world) and further by reading the comments …. You’ll not just find motivated and loving comments meant to inspire the individual who made the post, but you’ll also find those lovely trolls who feel like everyone needs to feel miserable and unhappy no matter what they’re doing.

Personally, If you appreciate your sanity and like to believe that people cannot be so nasty towards other people trying to turn their health around or working their bums off to reach a goal… I wouldn’t dive to deep into the comment sections.

But that’s just my opinion. 

Today it seems we have to work even harder to keep our mental health in check while trying to grow and live our lives.

And no, I don’t believe – “If people stop putting their lives on Social media, they wouldn’t have to deal with trolls and hate…”.  Because this kind of hate is everywhere right now.   It’s at work, in our homes and schools. Heck, you can get heckled just walking down the street.

No. I believe this is all the more reason we must talk about what we love and learn to grow confident in what we have to share and say.

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Either way, Stand for who you are and what you believe in.  And don’t shut others out just because they think differently than you do.  Stay open-minded, and willing to learn why others love what they do and who they are.

I feel like I have jumped ship a little here, but when I get talking you never know which way I’ll end up going. lol

Long story short-  You do you boo, You do you!

 

Jen

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope every is having a great holiday and getting some well needed rest before the new year starts.

I’m excited to start this new year off running.

I’ve been working on some new projects ( like usual) an taking on a few courses over the next year as well. Needless to say, I’m setting myself up for a very busy 2019 🙂

One thing I plan on rolling out this coming year is a better series of blogs. I’d like to start putting my writing out there more frequently and provide more informative posts for you guys. Something worth reading and taking up your time, whether it be educational posts or simply entertaining.

So what are your goals for this coming year?

I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions myself, but I know for some people, that’s just the thing they need to help motivate them into taking action with their life goals and making their dreams a reality.

I hope you work hard this year and turn those dreams into something more.

~

Jen

We’re only here for a short time…

So why not make the most of it?

It’s definitely time to stop living in someone else’s shadow, or in fear of being judged harshly and treated poorly.

Seriously, life is about rejections and growth.

Life is about learning from your mistakes and coming out stronger in the end.

It’s time to take a stand in your own life and do the things you’re afraid of.

Really! We only have a short time on this earth and honestly, even that isn’t promised to us. Heck, I could fall asleep in the next five minutes and never wake back up.

We’re not promised a damn thing in this world. Or owed anything either.

If you want something badly enough, go out and make it happen.

You want to be a writer?

Then write!

You want to be published??

Then get out there and set yourself up for a couple dozen rejections and don’t stop there!

Or better yet, research the self publishing world and try that on for size 🤷🏻‍♀️

A lot is changing for me over the next two months and I’m both excited and nervous as hell for it. And I’ll be sharing every moment with all of you 💕

Jen

Traveling, life and writing

I’ve actually been writing a blog post everyday this past month and saving them in my drafts file until I’ve had the time to properly edit them.  I’m aiming to post something each day during November, some will be life related and or course, writing through NaNoWriMo . 

We’re so close to Nanowrimo that I’m getting all the feels as October comes closer to an end.  

Have you decided if you’re tackling the challenge yet?

If so, have you declared your novel already?

The first year that I joined the 50,000 word mark, I did it all “offline” vs really getting involved with the site. I wasn’t sure If I’d enjoy it, or if I’d fit in… or if I’d even be able to manage it. I honestly didn’t want to commit to it and look like an idiot if I failed.

But failing is a part of the process. 

And you never know if you’ll fail or succeed if you don’t put yourself out there and try.